Ollie S. Wheeler
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Ollie Smith Wheeler, 71, 500 Katherine Ave., died Aug. 23, 2000, at home. She was a native of Cherokee County, S.C., daughter of the late Plato and Essie Smith Stepp, wife of the late Joseph Wheeler, member of East Gold Street Wesleyan Church, served on church board for more than 50 years, treasurer for 25 years, Sunday school teacher for 50 years, former president of Wesleyan Women, lifetime member of Kings Mountain Hospital Auxiliary, retired from Biggerstaff Furniture, Gastonia, a homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Ronnie Wheeler and wife Joyce, Buck Wheeler and wife Beth, Kevin Wheeler and wife Peggy, Kings Mountain; daughters, Betty Ingle, Gloria "Butch" Slycord, Kings Mountain; brother-in-law, Raymond Wheeler and wife Lea, Warner Robins, Ga.; grandchildren, Scott Wheeler and wife Selina, Chuck Wheeler and wife Amie, Ronda Garrett and husband Jamie, Tripp Slycord and wife Lynn, Travis Slycord and wife Amy, Ben Ingle and wife Dawn, Jonah Ingle and wife Zana, Kristina Ledbetter and husband Ray, Amanda, Jonathan, Branigan and Wendy Wheeler; great-grandchildren, Kristen and Zack Wheeler, Jonathan Wilkerson, Josh Slycord, Madison Ingle, Austin Ledbetter
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Great-grandchild, Larry Slycord Jr.
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Saturday, East Gold Street Wesleyan Church, Revs. Eddie Gray, Leroy Cox
INTERMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery
VISITATION: 6-9 tonight, Harris Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: East Gold Street Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 875, Kings Mountain 28086 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Road, Shelby 28150
Wayburn R. Flowers
CHERRYVILLE - Wayburn Rhyne Flowers, 87, 111 Harrelson Road, died Aug. 23, 2000, at Carolina Care Center. She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Henry George and Fannie Mauney Rhyne, homemaker, member of First Presbyterian Church.
SURVIVORS: Son, James A. "Bud" Flowers, Bessemer City; daughter, Mary Jo Hartsell, Charlotte; nephews, Billy George Blackwelder, Pensacola, Fla., Joel David Blackwelder, Cherryville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Saturday, First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Billy Lowe, body will be placed in church 30 minutes before the service
BURIAL: City Memorial Cemetery, Cherryville
VISITATION: 6:30-8 tonight, Carpenters Funeral Home MEMORIAL: First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 107 W. Academy St., Cherryville 28021
Arthur B. Ware
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Arthur B. Ware, 77, 133 Ware Road, died Aug. 22, 2000, at home. He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Thomas Frank and Lenora Ross Ware, Army veteran of World War II, attended New Life Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Eva Ware; sons, Rev. Gene Ware, Kings Mountain, Roy Ware Sr., Bessemer City, Ricky Ware, Gastonia, Alfred Ware, Clover, S.C.; daughters, Martha Ann Owens, Kings Mountain, Brenda Shehee, Rutherfordton, Sandra Carpenter, Cherryville; sisters, Roby Bolin, Ruth King, Inez Hannah, Kings Mountain; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Sons, Bob, Joe and David Ware
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. today, New Life Baptist Church, Bessemer City, Dr. Gene Ware, Rev. Mitchell Pruitt
BURIAL: Chestnut Ridge Church Cemetery
PALLBEARERS: Gene Blanton Jr., Dennis Gomez, Billy Hill, Charles Kirby Jr., David Sosebee, Larry Suggs, Roddy Worley Jr.
ARRANGEMENTS: Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel, Gastonia
Daniel Earle Sr.
GASTONIA - Daniel "Danny" Earle Sr., 60, 240 Mountain Village Circle, died Aug. 23, 2000, at home. He was a native of Ontario, Canada, son of the late Bruce and Alice McLeod Earle, member of Chapel Grove Baptist Church, retired from Mountain Village Pantry, served in Coast Guard.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Shirley Earle; son, Daniel Earle Jr., Lee, Fla.; daughters, Barbara Bean, Gastonia, Sandra McCormick, Stanley; brothers, Kenneth Earle, Dana Austin, Jacksonville, Fla., Milton Earle, Hayward, Wis.; aunt, Marjorie Johnson, Jacksonville; six grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brother, Stanley Earle
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 3 p.m. Saturday, Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery, Rev. Jerry Millwood
VISITATION: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
PALLBEARERS: Dana Austin, Jeff Bean, Steve Earle, Pete Stillwell, Charlie Wright
MEMORIALS: Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia 28053
Arthur E. Skipper
GASTONIA - Arthur Ernest Skipper, 90, Alexandria Place, died Aug. 23, 2000, at his residence. He was a native of Horry County, S.C., son of the late Fannie Mae Herring and James Mackelly Skipper, husband of the late Daisey Bridges Skipper, retired from textiles.
SURVIVORS: Sons, James Skipper, Ranlo, Robert and Donny Skipper, Gastonia; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Sons, Bobby Joe, Charles and Junior Skipper
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Ward Funeral Home; condolence messages may be sent to www.wardfuneral.com
MEMORIALS: Gaston County Cancer Society, 220 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia 28052
Benjamin Hill Ross
LINCOLNTON - Benjamin Hill "Bud" Ross, 63, 3345 Laboratory Road, died Aug. 23, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Robert Benjamin and Pearl Heavner Ross, Army veteran, ripsaw operator for Cochrane Furniture for 26 years.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Gloria Jean Burgess Ross; sons, Robert Slade "Shorty" and Tony Lane "Jigger" Ross, Lincolnton; daughter, Crystal Ross Shaw, Iron Station; brothers, James Henry, Fred, Robert and John Ross, Lincolnton, Grady Ross, Bessemer City, Floyd Ross, Shelby; sisters, Mildred King, Denver, Nell Rhodes, Francis Ballenger, Lincolnton; two step-grandchildren
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Saturday, E.F. Drum Funeral Home, Rev. James Cool
BURIAL: Hollybrook Cemetery
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, funeral home
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Fahn Thongchanh, 55, of 413 Bell Road, died Aug. 19, 2000 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby. He was a native of Luang Trabang, Laos, son of the late Tekhanh Thongchanh. He was a farmer.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Bouavone Thongchanh; sons, Sing, Sack, Xay and Soy Thongchanh, Kings Mountain; brother, Keo Thongchanh; two grandchildren.
FUNERAL: 1 p.m., Saturday, Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Buddist monk officiating.
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.
Evelyn E. McCorkle
CHARLOTTE - Evelyn Elmore McCorkle, 87, 10728 Moores Chapel Road, formerly of Gastonia, died Aug. 22, 2000 at Wuesthoff Hospice Care, Titusville, Fla. She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Sidney Elmore and Maggie Etta Smith, wife of the late Tom McCorkle. Retired from Thomas McCorkle Co., where she was self-employed, member of Garden Memorial Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Mary E. Austin, Titusville
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Sunday, Ward Funeral Home, Rev. James Williams
BURIAL: Hollywood Cemetery
VISITATION: 7-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Ward Funeral Home, Gastonia; condolences may also be sent to www.wardfuneral.com
Karen K. Silcox
BESSEMER CITY - Karen Kay Silcox, 58, 531 St. Marks Church Road, died Aug. 22, 2000, at her residence. She was a native of Boone County, Ind., daughter of the late Sterling F. and Betty Wyatt Wright, wife of the late Jerry Thomas Silcox, homemaker, of the Baptist faith.
SURVIVORS: Son, William Joseph Silcox, Indianapolis; daughter, Kay Lynn Zagac, Indiana; sisters, Judith Doane, Torrington, Conn., Jackie Ruble, Livingston, Tenn.; grandchildren, Christine Rodgers, Harley David Silcox; life companion, Bob Lindenthaler
BURIAL: Floral Park West, Indiana
ARRANGEMENTS: Carpenters Funeral Home, Cherryville
Floyd L. Rhodes
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Floyd Lee Rhodes, 53, 17126 Morrison, died Aug. 20, 2000 at W.M. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Phyllis Byers Rhodes, Southfield, Mich.; sons, Christian L. and Keith Rhodes, Southfield; a host of other relatives and friends.
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Saturday, Costner Funeral Home, Gastonia.
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia
VISITATION: 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Costner Funeral Home, also at the home of Dymetria Miller, 400 Wellons Drive, Apt A, Gastonia.
YORK, S.C. - Laurence LaRoy Beckham, 84, 101 Hall St., died Aug. 24, 2000 at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C. He was a native of Cherokee County, S.C., son of the late Samuel Elmore and Laura Byerley Beckham, husband of the late Margaret Walker Beckham, master machinist for Celanese Corp., owner and operator of Western Auto Store in Clover, S.C., U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Master Mason, life member of Clover Alpine Lodge #208 with a 60-year membership, life member of York rite Bodies, Crescent Shrine Club, Hejaz Shrine Temple in Greeville, S.C.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Judy B. Johnson, Charlotte, N.C.; brother, S.E. "Buck" Beckham, Rock Hill; grandchildren, Scott and Julie Hollis, York; Rebecca Bohannon, Eric, Rachel and Michael Johnson, Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Tommy Bohannon, Charlotte. PRECEDED IN DEATH: Daughter, Barbara B. Hollis
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 2 p.m., Saturday, Lakeview Memory Gardens, Rev. Ron Culbertson
VISITATION: After the service, Central Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, York, and other times at the home of Scott and Julie Hollis, 211 Moss St., York.
MEMORIALS: Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605
ARRANGEMENTS: M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home